TOKYO (Sputnik) — The collision took place at 5:30 a.m. in the city of Naha, the capital of the Okinawa prefecture, the NHK broadcaster reported. The civilian who drove the car was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.
According to the Japanese media, the victim was a 61-year-old man. He was making a turn when his car was hit by the Marine's truck, which was coming from the opposite direction. According to witnesses cited by local media, the crash occurred after the military truck ran through a red light.
Meanwhile, a breath test of the US vehicle driver showed the level of alcohol about three times higher than the legal limit. The drunk driver is a member of the US Marine Corps. He is now being questioned by the authorities.
On April 28, 2016, a 20-year-old woman, Rina Shimabukuro, was raped and murdered by a 32-year-old former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Gadson, who goes by his Japanese wife’s family name of Shinzato. He admitted that he had strangled and stabbed his victim. The incident provoked a wave of outrage in Japan. In June 2016, at least 50,000 people protested against the heavy US military presence in Okinawa following the murder.